Bill McCloskey is the founder of Only Influencers and eDataSource.

Unboxing: OneSpot InBox

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Personalization has been a common term in the email industry for years. The theory is that if you customize and personalize an email message, the recipient is much more likely to engage with the content, more likely to open, and more likely to click through. The problem is that different people have different ideas what personalization means.

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Unboxing: Ongage

In today’s Unboxing article we look at Ongage, a seven year old profitable email marketing technology company based in Israel with corporate offices in New York City. Ongage has carved out a very unique niche for themselves in the email technology universe as an independent front end for ESP’s and SMTP’s with their sweet spot being the SMTP/MTA world which often lacks a front end of their own. It also allows you to integrate multiple SMTP’s into a single common interface. Let’s open it up and look under the hood, starting with the list of recommended vendors that Ongage has integrated with: 

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Unboxing: Movable Ink

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For our first Unboxing article of 2018, we are going to examine dynamically generated content creation in email developed by Movable Ink. Look for a new Unboxing article each month. 

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First Annual 2017 Email Marketing Accomplishments Roundup

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This year I asked the members of Only Influencers to brag about their accomplishments for 2017. The response was outstanding and we will be making this an annual event. So, here is what the members of email marketing community accomplished this year: 

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How to Change the World: Create Community

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A few weeks ago I launched my latest Community, OnlyFounders.com. They say entrepreneurs want to change the world. That is a debatable statement. But one thing is clear, in my 20 years of being an entrepreneur the things that I have done that have literally changed the world all involved the communities I was involved with. Facilitating communication is one of the most powerful things you can do in your career as a digital marketer. So in honor of my 4th (most likely my last) community building effort, I thought I’d share what Ive learned over the last 20 years of the importance of community, the impact it can have, what makes a good community, and how to build one that engages and inspires people around the world. And perhaps even more importantly, how it changes you as not only a digital marketer, but as a human being. 

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The Best of the Friday Pitches: August, 2017 Edition

Every Friday, the OI members get to pitch the Membership on their latest tools and services. This is the August Edition. Dela Quist Says: Many of you will already be familiar with the  Touchstone  testing platform for subject lines and will be interested to hear that we have also developed...
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When the Sh*t Hits the Fan

When the Sh*t Hits the Fan

Anyone who has been in the email marketing industry for any length of time has had this experience: that sinking feeling when you realize that something has gone wrong. Very wrong. Email can be one of the more complicated marketing channels strictly from a technical sense and when your program does something unexpected, or catastrophic, how do you recover? 

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Exclusive First Look: Unboxing eDataSource's Delivery Index

Exclusive First Look: Unboxing eDataSource's Delivery Index

Today we are excited to give you an Only Influencers EXCLUSIVE: the first look at eDataSource’s Delivery Index tool which is launching this week. Delivery Index is similar to products such as Return Path’s excellent Sender Score tool, which has been an industry standard for many years. I sat down this week with eDataSource CEO, G.B. Heidarsson who gave me a pre-launch walkthrough of the product.

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The Best of the Friday Pitches: June Edition

The Best of the Friday Pitches: June Edition

Each week, the Only Influencers members get to pitch the membership on their latest and greatest tools, services, and studies. Here is the June edition of the Best of the Friday Pitches:

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Are Chatbots the Future of Email? Unboxing Personic

Are Chatbots the Future of Email? Unboxing Personic

What if you could guarantee that you would have 100% deliverability and 3x the open rate for your email marketing programs? That is the promise of some new technology being developed to help marketers deliver the content of their emails in the format preferred by a large segment of the population: chatbots. 

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SPECIAL REPORT: Recap of the 2017 Las Vegas Email Innovations Summit

SPECIAL REPORT: Recap of the 2017 Las Vegas Email Innovations Summit
  Last month Only Influencers and Rising Media produced the 3rd Email Innovations Summit, our second one in Las Vegas. It was an incredible gathering of email marketers from around the world at what is becoming the email marketing industry’s family reunion. As the first conference for email marketers that’s...
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Latest Email Innovations: May 2017

Latest Email Innovations: May 2017

Every Friday, the OI Membership gets to pitch the community on their latest and greatest innovations. Here is the latest set of innovations: 

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David Rangel: AI at the Wheel: Marketing in the Age of Self-Driving Cars

David Rangel: AI at the Wheel: Marketing in the Age of Self-Driving Cars

Talk of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and not only in Silicon Valley. It’s impossible to avoid news stories of how AI will change entire industries (and potentially leave many of us unemployed in the process).

The most visible of these industries is transportation, where you can already see self-driving cars being tested (at least in California) and brands like Tesla have already included some self-driving functionality in their production models.

There is also talk in marketing circles about how AI is already impacting our efforts. For the most part, however, we’ve found this to be wishful thinking. Don’t get us wrong—AI will indeed come to marketing and will have a big impact. But today’s hype is mostly that, as very few marketers are set up to take advantage of AI. We are, unfortunately, still in a world where consumers feel they get too much email and marketers feel like few, if any, of their messages are read.

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Special Email Innovations Summit Preview

Special Email Innovations Summit Preview

The Email Innovations Summit is just weeks away. And this year we've been able to assemble a world class lineup of speakers to take your email marketing career to the next level. Here is just a small sample of this year’s incredible list of instructors and speakers. Register Early to Save and use the promo Code "ONLY" to get a additional discount just for readers of the OI newsletter

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Special: The 2017 Email Innovations Summit Agenda!

Special: The 2017 Email Innovations Summit Agenda!

I’m thrilled to announce the 2017 lineup for the Email Innovations Summit, to be held in Las Vegas on April 19-21st, including a very exciting half day workshop on the final day:

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Unboxing eDataSource: The Tool that Started it All

Last week I had a rare experience of a lifetime: seeing the evolution of an idea I had in my garage 13 years ago fully transformed into a powerful marketing tool used around the world. And for me it was an incredibly humbling experience. Let me explain: 

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LiveInterview: Liam Doyle, Salesforce Marketing Cloud

LiveInterview: Liam Doyle, Salesforce Marketing Cloud

The concept of “Identity” is having an identity crisis. While there has never been more data available for reaching and leveraging customers, there is a lack of resolution, both conceptually and practically, around the industry as to what it really means.

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LiveIntentional Weekly: What’s Audience Extension?

LiveIntentional Weekly: What’s Audience Extension?
  Despite the seemingly infinite real estate of the Internet, realistically, there is only a certain amount of inventory any individual publisher is going to have to sell that’s actually worth anything. So what’s the best way for publishers to provide more impressions without having to create new content or...
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LiveIntentional Weekly: How Verizon’s Acquisition of Yahoo! Impacts Google and Facebook

LiveIntentional Weekly: How Verizon’s Acquisition of Yahoo! Impacts Google and Facebook
After a long rumored courtship, Verizon finally pulled the trigger, acquiring Yahoo! for the sum of $4.8 billion dollars, raising questions about whether this move would put the massive telecom company in a position to turn Google and Facebook¹s digital media duopoly into a triopoly (which, we’ve just recently learned,is...
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Amy Mullen: Best Practices for Abandoned Cart Emails

Amy Mullen: Best Practices for Abandoned Cart Emails

68% of online shoppers abandon their carts. Sad, right? All those lonely, forgotten products… not to mention all that potential revenue your business is missing out on. For retailers, that comes out to $18 billion annually.

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